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Welcome to the MARCH/07 issue of UCHICAGO.EDU, a monthly e-bulletin bringing you online news about the University of Chicago and its larger community of alumni and friends.

The MAR–APR/07 University of Chicago Magazine is in the mail--and it's also online at:

Here's a sampling from the issue:

PHOTO: Spanish steps* Spanish Steps
In a fast-paced civilization sequence, Chicago undergrads explore Barcelona’s past and present:

* Cinéma Vérité
Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart, AM’93, PhD’99, traces three generations of South Side life through its residents’ home movies:

* Fantasy League
In a softball-filled summer of 2003, an NYU sociologist (and Chicago alumnus) steps up to the plate, hoping to redeem his decades-old Little League slump:

News from Chicago

PHOTO: Under Observation* Under Observation: Study Group Reconsiders Future Use of Yerkes
After Williams Bay, Wisconsin, residents opposed a proposal to develop 45 acres near the University-owned observatory in an arrangement that would have preserved the historic observatory and its telescopes as an education center, the observatory’s future is back on the drawing board:

* Getting the Word Out: New Vice President for Communications
President Robert J. Zimmer has named Julie A. Peterson as Chicago’s vice president for communications. Peterson, currently interim vice president for communications at the University of Michigan, begins her duties July 1 and will be responsible for developing a strategic communications plan to strengthen media relations and communicate the University's achievements locally, nationally, and internationally:

Research at Chicago

* For Kids Who Survive Cancer, the Risks are Still High
Childhood cancer survivors are nine times as likely as the general population to develop a sarcoma—a cancer of connective or supportive tissue such as bone, fat, or muscle. That's according to the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, which, with data from more than 14,000 childhood cancer survivors treated between 1970 and 1986, is believed to be the largest of its kind to date. Tara Henderson, a pediatric oncologist at the Comer Children's Hospital, led a study investigating the risk factors associated with developing second sarcomas:

* What We Have, Dear, is a Failure to Communicate
Some of people’s biggest problems with communication occur when sharing new information with people they know well. So says Chicago psychology professor Boaz Keysar in an article in the current issue of Cognitive Science. Because they already share a lot of common knowledge, people often use short, ambiguous messages in talking with spouses or coworkers, unintentionally creating misunderstandings:

Today @ UChiBLOGo

* The Wilkins Effect
The Magazine's Web log attends an event honoring a Chicago role model:

From the University of Chicago Alumni Association

PHOTO: International forum* Chicago’s First International Forum
Plan now to attend the University of Chicago International Forum, September 28–29 in London. Alumni will join President Zimmer and deans, faculty, and European leaders to examine economic, social, and scientific issues in an international context.

* Travel in Mind for Summer and Fall
There’s still time to check your vacation calendar against the list of alumni travel offerings for 2007 and choose a faculty-led study trip to suit your interests. Slots remain open on summer and fall trips to the Mediterranean, Black Sea, China and Tibet, Tuscany, Poland, and the Galapagos:

* Got Music?
Responding to the lack of easy access to Chicago fight songs and other traditional maroon tunes, the Chicago Men’s A Cappella (a registered student organization on campus) trekked through a February blizzard to Bond Chapel, where they taped Songs of Chicago for your entertainment:

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